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Vital Records Birth, Death & Marriage Records
What are Vital Records? <ul><li>Civil record of a birth, death, or marriage kept by the county, state, or town in which th...
Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the U.S. <ul><li>#1 They are kept by the federal government. </li></ul><ul><l...
Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#2  Vital records are the same in every state and have not cha...
Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#3 The states have always mandated vital record registration. ...
Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#4  All vital records are open to the public. </li></ul><ul><l...
Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#4 Vital records are  all  online. </li></ul><ul><li>While it ...
Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#5 They are usually free. </li></ul><ul><li>Obtaining vital re...
A Closer Look at  Vital Records
What Information Might I Find on a Death Certificate? <ul><li>Information about the deceased </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. d...
1888 Cook County Death Certificate
1911 Chicago Death Certificate
1926 Chicago Death Certificate
1972 Death Certificate Indiana
What Information Might I Find on A Birth Certificate? <ul><li>Information about the child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e name ...
1884 Chicago Birth Certificate
1886 New York Birth Certificate
1904 New Jersey Birth Certificate
1911 Chicago Birth Certificate
1913 Chicago Birth Certificate
1917  Chicago Birth Certificate
What  Might  I Learn from Marriage Records? <ul><li>Date of the marriage. </li></ul><ul><li>Place of the marriage  </li></...
1872 Chicago Marriage Record
Corresponding 1872 Church Marriage Record
1903 Chicago Marriage Record
1910 Chicago Marriage Record
1910 New Jersey Marriage Record
In Class Activity Analyze a Death Certificate
Finding & Accessing Vital Records
Where Can I Find Vital Records? <ul><li>County Clerk's Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Town Offices (New York and New England) <...
How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step One:  Make sure you know the date, location and name associated with the doc...
How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step Two:  Determine the availability of records for the area and time you are re...
How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step Three:  Determine the repository that maintains the records.  Beware of coun...
How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step Four:   Submit your request as directed by the repository. Special forms or ...
Where can I find death dates and locations? <ul><li>Obituaries  </li></ul><ul><li>Published or  Online Death Indexes </li>...
Where can I find birth dates and locations? <ul><li>Published or Online Birth Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Family Bible </li>...
Where can I find marriage dates and locations? <ul><li>Published or  Online Marriage Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries ...
Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name.  Indexes may be in book format, on micr...
Illinois Statewide Death Index  Pre-1916
Local Library
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society
Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name.  Indexes may be in book format, on micr...
 
 
Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name.  Indexes may be in book format, on micr...
 
Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name.  Indexes may be in book format, on micr...
 
Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name.  Indexes may be in book format, on micr...
Social Security Death Index <ul><li>ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com </li></ul><ul><li>An index of deceased persons possessing s...
 
Use the SSDI to identify dates and possible locations of deaths.
1966 Death Certificate for William Harrison Holton
Where Can I Find More Information? <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sour...
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  • Use the Handybook for Genealogists , Ancestry’s Red Book or vitalrec.com to research what records are available for the county you are researching.
  • Use the Handybook for Genealogists , Ancestry’s Red Book or vitalrec.com to research what records are available for the county you are researching. Also try county web site.
  • Use the Handybook for Genealogists , Ancestry’s Red Book or vitalrec.com to research what records are available for the county you are researching.
  • Use the Handybook for Genealogists , Ancestry’s Red Book or vitalrec.com to research what records are available for the county you are researching.
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    1. 1. Vital Records Birth, Death & Marriage Records
    2. 2. What are Vital Records? <ul><li>Civil record of a birth, death, or marriage kept by the county, state, or town in which the event occurred. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the U.S. <ul><li>#1 They are kept by the federal government. </li></ul><ul><li>In the United States, each state has developed its own system of vital registration. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#2 Vital records are the same in every state and have not changed much over the years. </li></ul><ul><li>Each jurisdiction determines what information is collected. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#3 The states have always mandated vital record registration. </li></ul><ul><li>Each state adopted vital record registration in their own time. </li></ul><ul><li>Most states have limited birth and death records before the late 1800s. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#4 All vital records are open to the public. </li></ul><ul><li>While many vital records are available to the public, each state or jurisdiction determines the conditions of access. For example: </li></ul><ul><li>Public access to vital records in Illinois: </li></ul><ul><li>Birth certificates that are 75 years or older </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage certificates that are 50 years or older </li></ul><ul><li>Death certificates that are 20 years or older </li></ul>
    7. 7. Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#4 Vital records are all online. </li></ul><ul><li>While it is true that some states and some counties offer digitized copies of some vital records, it is still only a very small (but growing) percent. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Common Misconceptions about Vital Records in the US <ul><li>#5 They are usually free. </li></ul><ul><li>Obtaining vital records is generally not free. The cost varies widely from state to state. </li></ul>
    9. 9. A Closer Look at Vital Records
    10. 10. What Information Might I Find on a Death Certificate? <ul><li>Information about the deceased </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. date and place of death, cause of death, age, date and place of burial, date and place of birth, occupation, place of residence, marital status, military service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about the spouse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. maiden name) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about the parents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. father’s name and birthplace, mother’s name and birthplace, mother's maiden name) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about siblings or other relatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. sibling may be listed as the informant. May learn married names and places of residence.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Name of the funeral director </li></ul>
    11. 11. 1888 Cook County Death Certificate
    12. 12. 1911 Chicago Death Certificate
    13. 13. 1926 Chicago Death Certificate
    14. 14. 1972 Death Certificate Indiana
    15. 15. What Information Might I Find on A Birth Certificate? <ul><li>Information about the child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e name of child, date of birth, place of birth, sex of child) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about the father </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. age or date of birth, birthplace, occupation, and residence) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about the mother </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. maiden name, age or date of birth, birthplace, occupation, and residence) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about possible siblings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>number of children born to the mother, and the number living at the time of the birth being recorded. </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. 1884 Chicago Birth Certificate
    17. 17. 1886 New York Birth Certificate
    18. 18. 1904 New Jersey Birth Certificate
    19. 19. 1911 Chicago Birth Certificate
    20. 20. 1913 Chicago Birth Certificate
    21. 21. 1917 Chicago Birth Certificate
    22. 22. What Might I Learn from Marriage Records? <ul><li>Date of the marriage. </li></ul><ul><li>Place of the marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Names of Witnesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Who performed the ceremony. </li></ul><ul><li>Information about the Bride </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. maiden name, age, birth date, birthplace, occupation, and address) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about the groom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. age, birth date, birthplace, occupation, and address) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information about the parents of the bride and groom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(i.e. father’s name and birthplace, and mother’s maiden name and birthplace.) </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. 1872 Chicago Marriage Record
    24. 24. Corresponding 1872 Church Marriage Record
    25. 25. 1903 Chicago Marriage Record
    26. 26. 1910 Chicago Marriage Record
    27. 27. 1910 New Jersey Marriage Record
    28. 28. In Class Activity Analyze a Death Certificate
    29. 29. Finding & Accessing Vital Records
    30. 30. Where Can I Find Vital Records? <ul><li>County Clerk's Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Town Offices (New York and New England) </li></ul><ul><li>State Health Departments </li></ul><ul><li>State Archives </li></ul><ul><li>LDS Family History Library </li></ul>
    31. 31. How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step One: Make sure you know the date, location and name associated with the document. </li></ul>
    32. 32. How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step Two: Determine the availability of records for the area and time you are researching. </li></ul>
    33. 33. How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step Three: Determine the repository that maintains the records. Beware of county boundary changes. </li></ul>
    34. 34. How Do I Request a Vital Record? <ul><li>Step Four: Submit your request as directed by the repository. Special forms or self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) may be required. Payment is usually required in advance. </li></ul>
    35. 35. Where can I find death dates and locations? <ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Published or Online Death Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Death Index (Since 1962) </li></ul><ul><li>Gravestones </li></ul><ul><li>Probate Records </li></ul><ul><li>Church Records </li></ul><ul><li>Pension Records </li></ul><ul><li>Funeral Homes </li></ul>
    36. 36. Where can I find birth dates and locations? <ul><li>Published or Online Birth Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Family Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Card Applications (SS-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Church Records </li></ul><ul><li>Baptismal Records </li></ul><ul><li>Death Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security Death Index </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Gravestones </li></ul><ul><li>1900 Census (Month and Year) </li></ul>
    37. 37. Where can I find marriage dates and locations? <ul><li>Published or Online Marriage Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Obituaries </li></ul><ul><li>Church Records </li></ul><ul><li>Pension Records </li></ul><ul><li>1900, 1910, 1930 Census (Approx. year) </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper articles </li></ul>
    38. 38. Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name. Indexes may be in book format, on microfilm, or online. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check web sites of state and local archives, genealogical societies and libraries. </li></ul></ul>
    39. 39. Illinois Statewide Death Index Pre-1916
    40. 40. Local Library
    41. 41. McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society
    42. 42. Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name. Indexes may be in book format, on microfilm, or online. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check web sites of state and local archives, genealogical societies and libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check resources available at www.familysearch.org </li></ul></ul>
    43. 45. Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name. Indexes may be in book format, on microfilm, or online. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check web sites of state and local archives, genealogical societies and libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check resources available at www.familysearch.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse Ancestry LE for Vital Record Indexes. </li></ul></ul>
    44. 47. Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name. Indexes may be in book format, on microfilm, or online. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check web sites of state and local archives, genealogical societies and libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check resources available at www.familysearch.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse Ancestry LE for Vital Record Indexes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse portal sites such as Cyndi’s List and US Genweb for links to online indexes. </li></ul></ul>
    45. 49. Vital Record Indexes Can Help <ul><li>Indexes allow you to search records by name. Indexes may be in book format, on microfilm, or online. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check web sites of state and local archives, genealogical societies and libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check resources available at www.familysearch.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse Ancestry LE for Vital Record Indexes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse portal sites such as Cyndi’s List and US Genweb for links to online indexes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Social Security Death Index. </li></ul></ul>
    46. 50. Social Security Death Index <ul><li>ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com </li></ul><ul><li>An index of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the SSA. </li></ul><ul><li>Only includes deaths since around 1962. </li></ul><ul><li>Contains over 83 million records. </li></ul>
    47. 52. Use the SSDI to identify dates and possible locations of deaths.
    48. 53. 1966 Death Certificate for William Harrison Holton
    49. 54. Where Can I Find More Information? <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources </li></ul><ul><li>The Source : A Guidebook to American Genealogy </li></ul><ul><li>Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book </li></ul><ul><li>Greenwood, Val D. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy </li></ul><ul><li>Hansen, Holly. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America </li></ul><ul><li>Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>www.vitalrec.com ( Do NOT use the search boxes !) </li></ul><ul><li>www.familysearch.org (Library Catalog, Historical Records, Learn Wiki) </li></ul><ul><li>www.deathindexes.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://usgenweb.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ (Historical Boundaries) </li></ul>
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